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Star Labelling of Solar Panels

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

 Context: The Indian government has introduced a Star Labelling Programme for solar panels to enhance consumer awareness and promote the use of high-quality and energy-efficient solar photovoltaic modules.

  • The Star Labelling Programme for solar panels is designed to help consumers make informed choices when purchasing and installing solar panels.

 Significance:

  • Consumer Empowerment: The program aims to empower consumers by providing information about the quality and energy efficiency of solar panels.
  • Emissions Reduction: It is estimated that by 2030, the star-enabled solar panels will contribute to a reduction of approximately 30 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
  • Voluntary Initially: The program will be voluntary for the first two years.
  • “Made in India” Initiative
  • Solar Energy Expansion
  • Expected Growth: India anticipates adding an additional 200 GW of solar panels by 2030, contributing to a substantial increase in solar energy capacity.

The Star Labelling Programme is a voluntary program that rates the energy efficiency of appliances on a scale of 1-5. The program was formulated by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. 

The program’s goal is to help consumers make informed choices about energy-consuming appliances. The program is expected to save approximately 11.2 billion units of electricity by 2030 and reduce CO2 emissions by close to 9 million tonnes by 2030